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NASA-funded consortium to support science education in Washington, Oregon and Montana

University of Washington Today – Hannah Hickey

“A new program based at the University of Washington will bring together educational institutions, K-12 teachers and informal education organizations to inspire, teach and recruit the next generation of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics…“The goal is to create a virtual NASA hub in the Northwest to provide excellence in the teaching of STEM disciplines, from middle school to high school, and provide a conduit for students from across the region, including from underserved and underrepresented groups, to move into STEM careers,” said principal investigator Robert Winglee, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences.”(more)

Montana’s ‘Schools of Promise’: Inside the Fight to Turn Around America’s Remote Native American Classrooms

The 74 Million – Carolyn Phenicie

“It’s hard to explain just how isolated this town in the far northwest reaches of the Montana plains really is. On the trip there, three-and-a-half hours from the capital of Helena, cell service and radio reception come and go. The road – speed limit 80 mph – winds for miles past vast plains, scattered farms and just one town big enough to have a gas station. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a statue rises of two Native American warriors welcoming drivers to the Blackfeet Nation. The same monument of the two riders — its base made of stones from a circa 1800s tribal mission and its figures crafted from the parts of rusted cars destroyed in a devastating 1964 flood — stands at each of the four main entrances to the 1.5 million-acre reservation. From the southern gateway off Interstate 89, it’s another 19 miles to reach Heart Butte proper. The school sits on top of a hill overlooking the rest of town — a post office, an Indian Health Services outpost, a few dozen houses and three churches. And that’s pretty much it.”(more)

Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs

NPR – Amy Martin

“Many Native Americans who attended a recent powwow in Missoula, Mont., remember what it was like to be punished for speaking a tribal language. For about a century, starting in the 1870s, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs ran boarding schools for Native American children, removing them from their families and homes and separating them from their language and culture so they would “assimilate.” Carrie Iron Shirt’s father was one of those children. “My dad, being in the boarding school, they were taught not to talk their language,” she says. Iron Shirt, 37, says her father still has bad memories of the treatment he received for speaking his native Blackfeet at school. “He didn’t want us to go through that,” she says. “So my generation missed out on the language.” Iron Shirt tried to make up for that loss by enrolling her own daughter, Jade, in a private Blackfeet language immersion school. Now 16, Jade can speak the language fluently with her grandparents, something for which she’s grateful.”(more)

Lacking Language Diversity: Bilingualism in the backwoods

Montana Kaimin – Megan Petersen

“In this day and time, knowing only one language might set a person back, said Elizabeth Ametsbichler, co-chair of the department of modern and classical languages and literatures. “Especially in a global world, we can’t isolate ourselves…””(more)